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    April 15, 2013
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>> bill: good morning, everybody. it is monday april 15th, tax day. yes, indeed. most importantly don't forget to get those taxes in mail or online by midnight tonight, or else the irs will be out after you. or file an extension or whatever. it is also the first day of a big week coming up here in our
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nation's capitol on a couple of fronts. first of all, on immigration reform, the gang of eight is expected, a bi-partisan group of senators expected to unveil their comprehensive immigration proposal as early as tomorrow and marco rubio from florida was on seven sunday shows yesterday taking credit for work that others had done. he's just a late-comer to the feast there. of course, he wants all of the credit because he wants to run for president in 2016. on gun safety, vote could come as early as tomorrow. it might be wednesday, on the compromise background check proposal forged by democrat joe mancion and republican pat toomey and one of the mothers of the newtown vict imides gave the weekly radio address for president obama. on the sports front, an aussie won the masters, adam scott
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beating out cabrerra took two holes of overtime to do it but adam scott pulled it out. it was an exciting weekend and week ahead. wall comp it all here on the "full-court press" with you on current tv. (vo) this afternoon, current tv is the place for compelling true stories. >> jack, how old are you? >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current.
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tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room tonight at 6 eastern [ music ] >> broadcasting across the nation, on your radio and on current tv this is the bill press show. >> bill: it is tax day, 2013, and i am proud and happy to pay my taxes as a good american. what do you say? hello, everybody. great to see you today. yes, it's that day monday april 15th.
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welcome to the "full-court press" this monday morning. hope you had a good weekend, and we've got a great big week ahead of us. ol many fronts, we will bring you up to date on what's happening here in our nation's capitol. >> that's where you find us right here on capitol hill, right in the middle of the action. we will tell you what's happening here in our nation's capitol, around the country and around the globe and most importantly give you a chance to talk about it, 866-55-press. >> that's our toll-free number. >> that's how you get in the door and shout out your opinion about what's going on, or you can sneak in the back door on twitter @bpshow. give us your comments on twitter @bp show. on facebook, it's facebook.com/bill press show. lots going on this morning, and we are on top of it on every front. i don't know. they look like they are pretty partied out over the weekend.
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peter okaygburn and dan henning. >> quite a party weekend. >> except for the gnats. we don't talk about that. nats. we don't talk about that. we don't talk about that they got killed by the braves . >> they got murdered? >> we were thinking of going to the name. >> that was a good day to ruin a nice day. >> 9 to nothing. alicia cruz has the phones ready for us standing by to take your calls. alicia, good morning. cyprian boulding we counted on him to let the nationals through. cyprian let us down. it was a great day for baseball and i got my gio gonzalez. >> not a great day for baseball if the nats lose. >> always a great day for baseball. i would rather be in a sunshiney stadium than somewhere else not having a good time. >> that's the kind of fan we need. doesn't matter whether we win or lose. >> it matters that we win. >> yeah. >> still fun to go.
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>> no one would ever -- >> then no one would -- >> let's for thenot for get you were the original curse for the nationals last season basically every game you went to, they lost. >> it wasn't me. it was carol. that's true. >> that's why i stay away. how about it? so, you know one of the -- in california one of our favorite stores. right? little kids growing up k mart. k mart. yeah. >> blue light special attention, k ma'am shorters. i sort of thought they had gone away. i never hear about them much any more. >> no t a very long time. i think that there is one in -- i think there are a couple in the area. >> now it's wal-mart. >> k mart's still around. >> i couldn't tell you. i haven't seen one. i haven't seen the closest k mart. they are back now. certainly, viral. they are going viral because of
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a new spot that they came out with where i want to be sure you know what we are saying here that you don't have to -- if you can't find what you are looking for in the store, you can have it shipped to you. so that came -- >> clothing furniture, whatever it is. >> they will ship it to you. >> can be shipped. >> yes. and that led to this great spot. >> ship my pants. right here. ship my pants. you are kidding. >> you can ship your pants right here. >> i can ship my pants for free. >> i just may ship my pants. >> really, ship your pants, too. >> i can't wait to ship my pants pants. >> i just shipped my pants and it's very convenient. >> very convenient. >> i can ship my drawers. >> i can ship my night. >> i just shipped my bed. >> if you can't find what you are looking for in store, find it at kmart.com right now and ship it to you for free. >> whoever came up with that.
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very clever. i am sure they had a lot of fun making it, too. >> i am sure. lynn sweet, our good friend from chicken sun times and buzz feed and national journal and an expert on genetically modified foods, the old gnos. yes, indeed and carnival cruise says screw it. we are not going to pay you back a dime coast guard. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> other headlines making news on this monday, a thrilling finish to the master's golf tournament with adam scott and cabrerra birdied the 18th hole. scott won the play-off tobeing the first australian. he slipped it on and sell brated with his caddie c. williams who was caddie for tiger woods for 13 of his 14 championship wins. tiger finished in a tie for fourth.
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he has now not won a major since 200 yeah. >> that was really good golf yesterday. i have to tell you, watching the two of them, real pros real calm, collected, good friends, you know. >> yeah. >> and they just played damn good golf. >> you hear it every time that you say you are going to go watch it. golf is so boring to watch on t.v. yesterday, yesterday was the -- was the argument against that. >> the play-off for those two on holes side-by-side. it was like every shot they were just about side-by-side and cabrerra came within a half an inch of winning. what a frustrating sport. >> really is. the sports of baseball and softball are making a serious push to return to the olympics where they have not been part of the game since 2008. cbs sports report on the international if he hadrations of both sports combined forces over the weekend sign agnew constitution to fight for a spot in the 2020 games competing
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against seven other sports for that spot including wrestling karate, roller sports sport climbing, squash, wake boarding and wuchu. >> i was going to ask about wrestling? >> it's out. they have to fight for a spot. they are going up against baseball and softball for a spot in the olympics. >> i am percentage rating for wushu. what is that? >> it's a zap nineteen knees -- an asian martial arts. it's like karate but more free style. >> wrestling is the early, earliest days. >> first olympic sport. former president george w. bush became a grandfather over the weekend. he and announced jenna gave birth to a baby girl saturday night in new york city named margret laura milea haggar. new dad said to be pleased as well. >> busy painting.
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>> i am watching video of wushu. i am serious, wushu should be an o lim pilings sport. >> how do you spell wushu? >> wushu-u-s-h-uw-u-s-h-u. >> okay. >> it's intention. >> let's get a wushu expert in tomorrow to do a little demonstration here in the studio? >> it's incredible. >> like tai -- >> tae qwon do. >> i am turning off. >> you have mover important things than washing wushu during the show. what the about twit officer what about facebook? >> yeah. yeah. get there. >> what about immigration? what about gun control? >> we will get there >> bill: in fact, there are all of those issues we can start with this morning. we have started with the new immigration reform. we will talk about that. we can start with ant and up to date on the gun control but. this is at a time the story that bugs me, what's going on with carnival cruise.
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maybe you have heard about it. so, senator jay rockefeller wrote carn valley cruise a letter and we all remember what happened back in february, a couple of months ago where the 4,000 passengers and a couple of thousand crew members. 6,000 people aboard this triumph down in the gulf of mexico. they lose power, and so they are floating aimlessly for five days. right? and the poor -- the passengers -- you heard about this. they don't have water. they don't have food. they don't have heat. they don't have any cooling. they don't have any toilets. they are camped out on the deck squad situated conditions, horrible conditions, sewage floating floating. the coast gord goes to the rescue, you know, tug bowsats, toe them into mobile alarms, costs you and me coast card
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$785,000. senator jay rockefeller said, now, of course, you are going to reimburse the coast guard? right? reimburse us taxpayers for saving your butt? and carnival responded and said no way, jose because, don't you know, it's a maratime tradition that when a ship is in trouble, then everybody goes to help out that sailor who is in trouble. and that's just the way it is. and that's the way it's always been. and we deserve the same treatment as anybody. what will a crock. i mean can you believe it? what arrogance. what will do you think about this? should carnival pay? absolutely they should pay. now, look, there is this maritime tradition. that goes back to the days where there may be 12-mast ships. it certainly applies to fishermen who are out there and get in trouble motor won't start or who knows? get hit sideways by a big wave
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or, you know, a fishing boat sportsmen, even these tankers plying up and down. it is -- it is a triedition. but certainly, that tradition was not intended for these mammoth, mammoth 6,000 people cruise lines, floating casinos, money-making machines, and so legally, i guess, you know, they might have a point. yeah, legally this may not have pay but don't you think from a public operations point of view they should have paid? come on. with a reputation this company has anyhow? you have to add they are moochers, free loaders. they fly under a foreign flag so they don't pay corporate tabulations. they fullpull into our ports and they may pay some docking fees
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but in many kayes those are paid by taxpayers. charleston south karencarolina is debating building a terminal sottious ships will continue to come into charleston because they don't have a facility now. and there are their people down there want the taxpayers to pay for it. so they are free loaders, free riders. and then they get in trouble and we save their ass and then they still won't pay. i just think it's -- first of all, i think it's horrible pr, and i think it's just not the right thing to do. certainly they ought to pay. and rockefeller -- by the way, this one cost $780,000. in 2010, they had another ship called the -- the splendor. >> uh-huh. >> that got stuck in the pacific and the coast guard had to go rescue. i remember that. it was down south of san diego on the, you know, california to san diego cruise. it cost $3.4 million to bring that baby home and they never
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reimbursed us a penney for that either. it goes on and on. rockefeller pointed out in the last five years 90 times, 90 times, the coast guard has had to go to the rescue of carnival cruise and they say, this is what the coast guard is for. no, it's not. it's like we have a whole government agency that exists just to bail out carnival cruise literally bail them out. >> i am with you that i think it's a pr nightmare. i think carnival cruise, they have the money and they should say, yes. we will pay. but, i mean the coast guard exists to do this kind of thing. i mean they are there to help. they are there to rescue if a boater goes out and decides to go out and have a couple of -- too many beers and forgets to bring -- they should go and rescue that guy and that should be that. i agree. i would draw the line when it comes to these -- again, that little guy out there, to me the difference, and by the way dumb
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thing to do and there are a lot of dumb boaters and people get in dumb accidents and run into each other. whatever. whatever. or they just have a legitimate serious problem. that's what the coast guard is for. i would draw the when it comes to these great big profit-making, floating casinos. right? that are making millions and millions and millions of dollars, and then they say, hey. you know, we don't owe you a dime. i mean that little guy out there, outed for a sunday cruise, you know is not -- a different category. >> not for profit operation. >> no. i can see that if you are making money by plating these things, sure. >> by the way, that raises the question and i don't know the answer. like these tankers up and down the coast. right? every once in a while, a coast guard will rescue crewmen or get people off of the ship or something. i don't know whether those tankers probably, legally, owners of those tankers are not
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required to reimburse the coast guard either i hope they do. i think they are profit-making, money-making operations ought to do t carnival cruise should not get a free ride, especially corn value cruise. 866-55-press. i want my money back. i am a taxpayer. you and i paid for -- i mean it's bad enough you are paying for it and we are not getting reimbursed for t outrageous 866-55-press. tell me what you think. >> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is "the
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bill press show." >> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> 25 minutes after the hour here on tax day, april 15th, the full court press talking about carnival cruise thumbing its nose at american taxpayers saying yes thanks for bailing us out. that i see for helping us oust. thanks for coming to the rescue. we don't owe you a dime suckers. >> we are on twitter @bpshow where matt on this issue says if they don't page taxes in this america, they should have to repay the coast guard. >> makes sense. >> a good argument like firefighters. right? we pay taxes so, therefore we have paid into and we've got the right to dial 911. >> exactly. if you have a corporation that's in a giant building or a business that's in a giant
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building, the forfeiter fighters come and fight the fire. >> sort of paid for it. >> a friend in hr on twitter says carnival should pay for the rescue costs. i have to pay for a rescue squad if they respond to a personal emergency at my home. >> blue ghost says they should fine them for every violation that they find on the ship. on twitter @bpshow. >> that would put carnival out of business from what we have read. kevin out in chicago. hey, ken. good morning. >> good morning, bill. how are you? >> yeah. >> you know, the government can't do anything right? yadi yadi yada but when they need someone to bail their ass out, government.
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crew screw carnival cruise. the last one i had put my ass on is a carnival boat. excellent points and that first point you made about with the hand out like the red states, you know, we want government out of our lives. then a tornado hits or the hurricane hits. where is fema? where is my fema loan? george is in miami. the reality is a lot of these cruise ships bring in tons of tourists. you have got situations like you just mentioned where they want to build a new port facility in the carolinas, obviously because the millions and millions of people that come every year like they do down in miami, they spend weeks. they eat. they spend their money. that will happens whether it's in miami or cojumel. these cruise ship lines. >> sure. i will give you your point.
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they do bring some revenue in to cities but they also cost sthiez and they are costing taxpayers when they are their damn ships break down. >> it. >> this is "the bill press
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show." dondon. >> chatting with you live at current.com/billpress. this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. >> you've got it. 33 minutes after the hour now. how about it? it is the full court press on a monday morning, april 15th, tax day coming to you live from our nation's capitol and brought to you, of course by the international association of sheet metal, air rail and transport workers' union giving
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a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. the good and women under the smart union. you can find out more about their information about smart-union.org. we are talking about carnival cruise stiffing american taxpayers saying the coast guard, cost them $780,000 to get the triumph back to port, back to mobile alabama. but we are not going to pay -- reimburse taxpayers one dime. we will get back to your calls and comments about that. peter, one other story. >> quick story. >> that's worth talking about this morning. >> we talked a few weeks ago about how the nra was sponsoring a stock car race a nascar event. >> this is outrageous, in and of itself? >> i agree. the nr a-500 happened at the texas motor speedway in fort worth over this weekend. it was this weeks and i know you watch a lot of nascar. >> yeah.
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>> you know they drive around in a circle and in the middle of that circle, they call it the infield and spectators can pay extra and park their car. >> like a big camp out. >> yeah. >> you drive in, camp out. >> a lot of drinking occurs there as i have been told. >> so a gentleman was there. he and to drink a lot, and he had a verbal altercation with another man, so the man pulled out a gun and shot himself and killed himself right there in the middle of this nascar race. >> a gun suicide at an nra event. >> yeah. >> what's the story here? >> yeah. right. what's supposed to happen? the story is what the hell was he doing at a big public event like that? >> think about what he could have done with that gun. you are surrounded by people. there is no where really for them to go. >> where is this? texas? >> he probably had a concealed carry permit.
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>> probably. >> yeah. a few more comments on the carnival cruise story. we are getting comments on twitter @bp show. pm for real says the u.s. government says it will not provide rescue services again and see how that affects their service. >> i think they ought to -- see, i don't know whether this -- this mayor time tradition is not the same as mayor time law. right? >> right. right. >> maybe they ought to pass either a bill or an amendment, whatever this is called. right? the regulations. >> right. >> for the coast guard that simply says over a certain tonnage or a certain kind of ship, we will definitely come out and rescue you but you are going to have to pay. right in the. >> yeah. >> a lot of people are saying -- >> they can freakin' afford it. >> a lot of people write to us
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saying if they are not paying taxes here, if they have chosen to pay taxes, where else to cover their ass. >> you see it. yeah. >> they we had shouldn't have to pay. you should require insurance for foreign flag ships docking at u.s.ports. that way, everything gets covered. >> that's an idea. >> we are at bp show on twitter. >> doris in flint, michigan t what do you say? >> hi, bill. >>. >> i liked the comment about the guy about the post card attacking the government on everything. there are a lot of examples like that, like the post office. i wanted to say, i understand. my understanding is that when exxonmobil or these shipping routes, that they are actually guarded by our military and i believe that we pay for that. >> that's another example of, you know, standing on their own, not really doing that. they are the biggest welfare recipients aren't. that isn't to hit people who
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deserve it. they are the biggest welfare recipients. why are we having our military unreimbursed protect their shipping lines? that was defense -- that was one thing i wanted to say and i wanted to respond to the medical field that an ambulance that would take a person at a plant i worked at to the local hospital was a $500 fee to do that. these ships? were aren't we having them reimbursed if our military are being used pay them for what they do. and the other thing is what you said, pass a law or do something that addresses it and see how those guys vote up there, those people and in congress vote. >> yeah. normally the people with the big bucks. i think carnival cruise might have a hard time. their pr is so bad right now i will tell you how bad their pr is. their pr is so bad right now,ina republican might vote against them. even somebody like jim inhoff or
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some of these people who are most in the pockets of these big corporations. craig is at eglant air force base down in florida. craig, what do you say? good morning. >> hey on the coast guard thing? >> yeah. >> shouldn't all of the rules be gelled. you know, i am in florida. probably a thousand times a year, they go out to these little fishing boats and pull off and these are for protocol profit fishing charters and they pull off people with broken legs, heart attacks, et cetera. that has to add up. >> i here what you are saying. first of all in terms of these rules and regulations probably have been around a long time. that doesn't mean they don't need updating, you know as technology changes and the size of ships and everything changes. i know this may sound arbitrary. i would make it -- i see a clear
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difference, and i would make a difference in the law between a fishing boat and one of these gigantic 6,000 people cruise liners. i have seen a lot of them down coming out of the port of miami and fort lauderdale. they dwarf any fishing boat down there, craig. i think there is a difference in cost and operations and aifrlings plus i get back to the fact for me, those fishermen are paying taxes, i am sure paying business taxes, income taxes and sales taxes, these damn cruise boats aren't. they are not american ships. they are ships coming into americanports, they are not paying american taxes. they are free loaders and no they want us to take care them and coddle them and rescue them and not reimburse us.
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louisiana, i have been there. john. what do you say? >> good morning, bill. i agree and i don't agree with you. false you refer to it as a tradition. it's more -- i think anybody on the high seas or even in the waters would look at it as an obligation to help any vessel in distress. >> by the way, i would agree with that, too. if you don't do it, shame on you. right? >> what you do. >> sure, but i think the other gentleman hit the nail on the head that coming into u.s. waters, they are required as any vessel to fly an american flag. they are subject to all of the rules and regulations of safety criteria that any vessel would be. >> that's where you get on carnival. as i recall, they had a couple of other situations right after that. i am a driver. i just happened to be making a delivery down there in mobile and drove past it. i got a kid all locals around there taking pictures. i kind of shied away from it given the situation. i didn't want to get too close to it.
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but any event, there was a couple of other incidents that followed pretty closely on that one that got so much press with carnival and you got to go after them from a safety standpoint. in addition to the coast guard, when they are docked in u.s.ports where they could impose on them, as i mentioned, senator rockefeller in his letter pointed out that 90 times, 90 times in the last five years, they've had to call on the coast guard for safety and for problems, a lot of which were safety violations. i agree. crack down on them. >> sid one quick comment from tim trott who says maybe we should draft some new legislation about this. we could call it too big to sail. >> from the carnival cruise ships. >> awful early in the morning to be that clever.
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too big to sail. we have a final word on this from paul in benton, pennsylvania. hey, paul. what do you get? >> good morning, guys. when thingey talk about makers versus takers. this is a perfect example of who the takers are. >> perfect. absolutely. this is that's it. >> that's the way they want it. take, take, take mooch off of all of the citizens there. and go out and fleece the passengers and by the way, if they get in trouble, yeah, you have to rescue us. you have to bring us back to port. and you've got to save our multi-gazillion dollar ship, and we are not going to pay you one penny for it because that's who we are. we are can value and we are too big to sail. >> man, i love it. i hope carnival does the right thing here it looks like they
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won't. one more reason never to take a carnival cruise. lynn sweet on chicago sun times" on top of all of the news on the day. we will check in with her next here on the "full-court press." >> radio meets television "the bill press show," now, on current tv.
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[ music ] >> this is "the full court press: the bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv. >> here we go, 13 minutes before the top of the hour it's early in the morning, i have to tell you on the "full-court press." on the east coast, it's only
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6:47. and i want you to know this is not the first national television show that lin sweet has and on this morning. okay? this is a working girl. she is up at it and she is early. good morning lynn sweet. >> good morning, bill. >> how are you? >> great. you are up early. a lot of people are up. we get the first crack of the day here, lynn sweet, washington bureau suite for the chicagosun times a good friend of the program. are you back in, is softball back in season? you come in the studio in your workout uniform here. >> i am happy to announce that the first practice of the bad news papers is april 22nd. >> this. >> okay. >> this is the team of female reporters who will play in june a group of sfooemz senators to help people with bres cancer research and, you know, the pratt will start.
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i have to, you know, i have to work get my skills up. we don't have a spring training exactly. >> okay. >> it's a cold tartstart. >> we look fort worthed to seeing you in your baseball uniform when you are practicing on capitol hill. this will be a big week. it's interesting that bi-partisanship seems to have resurfaced in washington. >> yes and no. but it is a big week. you have the immigration being unveiled. the budget. who knows what's going on with north korea. and it would be kind of busy anytime the house and senate comes back after spring break but we have these mega issues on the plate. >> as you mentioned, again bi-partisanship, but this immigration reform with the eight senators announcing tomorrow which means that there will be probably a pretty good
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bill out of the senate on immigration reform. don't know what will happen in the house, but that's an achievement and a big plus for obama. correct? >>. >> it is. isn't it interest that it seems there is more bi-partisan on immigration than on guns. >> there is. and the party seems split on guns as well. right? >> right. >> not all democrats are for it. not all republicans are against it. >> right. i would think there is more unanimty than on guns. probably it's because the gun lobby is so much more focused when it comes election time. if you are up in 2014, you may not feel the sting of a particular vote on an immigration measure but the likelihood of something coming back of a backlash on a gun vote is more likely. >> on the gun front, maybe what made the most news over the weekend is the president's
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weekly radio address. if people were listening, here is what it sounded like this weekend. >> hi. as you have probably noticed, i am not the president. i am just a citizen. and as a citizen, i am here at the whitehouse today, because i want to make a difference, and i hope you will join me. my name is francine wheeler. my husband, david, is with me. we live in sandy hook connecticut. >> her son, dan, was one of those victims on december 14th. the president has gotten a little flack for turning the microphone over to her, lynn. does he deserve it? >> no. not at all. it is his microphone. he could have people sit in, you know, certainly we have had vice president biden, obama did one. so of all of the things to complain about if you are looking, this is not one. clearly, the bringing on a sandy
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hook paint had -- was part of the overall big push from the white house on messaging, lobbying building public support. >> and worked very effective. >> what difference is this than having victims of gun violence at the whitehouse? >> no. no. and i think, again, those patients, i give credit to them. i don't know how having gone through something like that they would tolerate i don't meaning to washington and putting themselves and they made a difference in the senate pat toomey, made a big difference with him. and so i think you are right on that radio address. i have to ask you about the president's tax returns came out. lynn, he didn't make as much money this year as he did last year. what do we know from his tax return? >> well, we know from -- that, you know, a lot of his money comes from his book sells. and there is one thing i wanted to point out.
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a lot of it comment is being made that, oh, he only paid 18% in his tax rate so therefore, you could -- you know there is a story there that something is wrong. if you look at his tax returns, a reason he paid a lower rate is that the obamas made $150,000 in charitable donations. they also made, i think, a 50,000 sep payment. if you give a lot of money in charity, you do lower your tax payment. >> $150,000. >> right. >> most of that went to. >> fisher house. >> fisher house. >> that was the biggest single donor. i think he had about 35 charities but the biggest con contribution went to them. if you look at the charity list on my blog i have the a .pdf is up. yes. >> what is interesting is that the charities are balanced. they arethnic, racial
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religious, you know, just a whole slew of stuff there. >> that's the biggest reason for the tax rate. i think if people want to make more of it than it is they should look at the internldz. >> adjusted gross 611,000 down from 674 last year. >> he is doing pretty well and as you said, a lot of money to charities out of his taxes. lynn sweet always good to talk to you, my friend. sorry we have to run along here, but thanks for joining us. >> thank you. bye-bye. >> lynn sweet at chicago sun times", suntimes.com or on twitter @lynn sweet. >> this is "the bill press show." fox news
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>> bill: good morning, everybody. it is monday april 15th, tax day, 2013. and i am proud to pay my taxes, and happy to pay my taxes and to support this great country. good to see you this morning. hope you've got the same attitude. welcome to the "full-court press." coming to you live on current
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land and joining not only them but our team press. peter ogburn and dan henning. alicia cruise isha cruz has the phones and cyprian boulding has his eye on the cams on current tv. you knew they had to do it. saturday night live, on several fronts, they had a very funny sketch on maggie thatcher who will be laid to rest in a state funeral on wednesday, and they also did a lot, of course, on gun control. president obama saturday night live president obama welcomes to the white house briefing room senator joe mancion from west village and senator pat toomey from pennsylvania standing by his side. he tells what their fate is going to be. >> these men risk everything.
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senator mancion represents west virginia and he is proposing gun control. he is going to lose his job. and senator toomey, this man is a republican who is willing to make just the slightest compromise on gun control. he will lose his job, too. >> that guy as obama is good. >> jay farrow is a very good obama. >> he has the inflextions down. >> yeah. >> he must study the tapes. all right. nine minutes after the hour now. we will start out this hour with kevin lincoln, sports for buzzfeed joining us to talk about the master's yesterday. a lot of other stuff. we will be talking later with reporter from u.s. a today and from a national journal, and we'll be talking to perhaps the expert on genetically modified foods, dr. jeffrey submit. but first... >> this is the full court press. >> other headlines you need to know as you head out the door
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this morning justin beiber has visited the anne frank house. 19-year-old pop store wrote in the guest book honoring the teenager who died in a concentrate in 1945, truly inspiring to be able to come here. anne was a great girl hopefully she would have been a believer. meaning he shoppes she would have been one of his beiber fans. the meem posted beiber's comment. >> he went to the holy land and said it's nice to be here in the footsteps of jesus. hopefully he would have been a blear, too. >> yeah. the owner of the arizona diamondbacks will not allow fans wearing gear from opposing teams winning a primecam shot friday night at the team in arizona a group of dodgers fans receipted out the suite behind home plate so you would see them in their dodgers gear and the central camera shot.
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the owner would have none of that. he told them to change their clothes or take another suite, which he offered to them for free that would not be on camera. they wanted to stay in the seats because they paid 3 $3,000 for them. so they agreed to put on diamondbacks gear, and the owner them then brought them a round. >> i don't know about that. why capital you wear what you want to wear to the park? >> i can get why the onlier might. the owner gave them a fair deal i will give you diamondback gear and buy you a round of drinks. i thought he handled it okay. >> dodger's fan, that was a pretty cool thing to do. >> smart thing on their behalf. he saw it and said no, not in my ball park. >> the cameraman should aim somewhere else. >> other than the batter? he might have a problem. okay, bill. good luck. roll tide welcoming the
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champions, alabama crimson tide for their win over notre dame the 15th national title and third trip to the white house in the last four years. >> this is the annual trip of the alabama crimson tide. >> it seems to become that. >> are you going today peter? >> i am not, sadly. i am not. >> i would be looking for robert gibbs. >> he will be hiding in a closet. he is an auburn fan. >> i know. this was always a bone of contention with him. >> yeah. he will be hiding. >> all right. it was as big sports weekend. a sensational end to the master's last night, kevin lincoln joins us on our news line from new york this morning. how are you? >> good. >> good to you with you that was a spectacular finish to the master's yesterday. wasn't it? >> it was incredible.
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any time it goes down to the last hole and into a play-off, that's about as much as you can ask for. >> especially we were talking earlier, given those two guys, who are teammates before, they are obviously good friends, both inridbly gifted golfers and play so steady, calm and confident. >> for adam scott it was huge. he was able to sort of avenge one of the most historic classics, moment down in i believe 1996 obviously for a guy who cares about his country, for a guy playing golf for his country, such a big deal. first australian to win the master's and a country man that
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cares a lot about golf. >> that's a little more historical significance, too. >> in fact, that's a point that adam scott made yesterday wearing his green jacket. >> i am a proud australian and i hope this fits really well back at home and even in new zee rand. >> bill: he wanted to stretch as far as new zealand. it did become for him a source of like national pride. right? he was there representing all of the people of australia. cabrerra was for argentina but it is bigger in australian that argentina. >> that being said, cab rear a was also -- it was funny because when you were watching that what arises is you want to pull
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through. watching cabrerra and scott, it was like you had both of them to wynn. >> exactly. >> you know, it's a cliche cbs is delighted since they had some spotsmanship issues they were happy these two very admirable and impressive guys were going at it down the stretch. >> yeah. each win would have had significance. >> either one as far as i was concerned. >> it was great, when they approached the green and cabrerra gave a thumbs up for his shot and thumbs up back. cabrerra, out of shape, older, not particularly attractive guy and at a.m. scott who has everything else going for him.
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>> you mentioned a the somemanship issues. what about this call for tiger woods. should he have been allowed to -- did they make the right decision in allowing him to continue to play? he did knowingly drop his ball where he shouldn't have dropped it. >> the impression that i have gotten is that by the rules of golf, he probably should not have been allowed to finish, but it's hard to say. golf is very interesting in that there is this sportsmanship monitoring on a major aspect of the game which is unique. in the scope of -- in the scope of appear landscape, you watch it. got away with it. seems like it's not his fault. golf has a different -- golf has
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a different feel to it which is, you know, they are quick to remind you. it's hard to say. i think that if they were really sticking to the letter of the law, he probably should not have been allowed to. >> there were some who said tiger, himself, should have pulled himself out saying i don't deserve any special treatment. but tiger was in it to win it. kevin, we are all sort of in mourning this morning, talking to kevin lincoln at buzzfeed. follow him on the sports page of buzzfeed.com. we are in mourning here in washington this weekend. the braves came to town and boy, did they do the job?
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hum? you know there are going to be some bumps in the road along the way. anytime you -- it's hard to beat he can static. the braves are having an incredible season. you lost to a very impressive squad. my take on it was watching the nationals, you are watching a team playing for redeposition but the braves are playing for revenge because they got screwed out of last season. >> right. >> they are on fire right now. it's when you have something to sort of make up for it, the season is so long. it is a huge advantage because, otherwise it's hard to sustain that momentum. we will see. >> the only consolation is that we play in miami next.
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we think we can do better. we have proven we can do better against miami. >> i am the resident basketball fan on the show. kobe bryant is out. what does that do to the lakers in their playoffs-off chances? are they screwed now? >> i am glad you asked. the lakers, it's going to be a lot of talk how they are rejuvenated rejuvenated. lakers playing for kobe. they were already a disadvantaged team even,kobe, a first round exit but without him on the floor they are going to especially if they -- they beat the spurs. i am not sure that has been set yet. they are going to get clockerred. he is not going to score in the
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20s every night like he did last time. >> i hate to ask the question. but is that it for kobe? can he come back? he says he is going to come back. >> right. knowing kobe bryant it's hard to tell him out already this season. he is having an absolutely tremendous year for a 34-year-old. but he is never going to be at this level again. we saw the last all-star level season from kobe bryant, which is a little sad considering that he ended it with that achilles but at the same time he had already exceeded expectations considering his age. so, you know you have to be happy with what you got out of him. >> yeah. >> what a sad way to go. kevin, great to talk to you. thank you for your time and we will be following you on buzz feed at buzzfeed.com. "full-court press." monday morning. >> this is "the bill press show."
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>> this is "the bill press show." >> 25 minutes after the hour on this monday morning, april 15th nancy cook, who is the economic correspondent for the national journal will be here in stowed yes with us in the next half hour to talk about some of the economic issues an especially about social security. this being tax day by the way,
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just wanted you to know that your chances of getting an audit are greater if you live in the los angeles, atlanta, or washington, d.c. area. >> crap. >> oh, yes. so irs records show that's where most of the audits take place. i did my share. >> proof. >> it's my share. exactly. we mentioned a little bit earlier, immigration is go to be on the agenda this week with the comprehensive immigration reform plan put together by the so-called gang of eight, bi-partisan senators will be unveiled tomorrow. meanwhile, probably on wednesday will be the first vote on the floor of the senate on gun safety legislation starting with the compromise on background checks that was hammered out by democrat joe mancion of west
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virginia and republican pat toomey of pennsylvania. they were both together on a couple of the sunday talk shows yesterday. joe manchion everybody says this took a lot of courage for us. uh-uh. this didn't table any courage compared to the courage of the families from newtown, connecticut. >> pat and i have talked. we came here to do something. you know, we came here to make a difference. if you would have met with the families, the strongest people i have ever met with, the families of the newtown victims. they never asked for anybody to take their guns away to repeal the second amendment. they said we are gun owners. we respect and honor all of that. we know and they will even say we know this bill that you are working on would not have saved our children. we know that. but it might save somebody else's child. i mean you talk about people -- if we just had half the courage they had. yes, i came to do something and i want to do something. >> in that particular clip he is
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talking to candy crow crowley on state of the union. candy asked pat toomey from pennsylvania, and by the way, a republican of friends of mine have said they think pat toomey is risking his entire career. she asked pat toomey about that. here is his response. >> in 1999, i supported expanded background checks. i think it makes common sense and i will let the political chips fall the way they fall. >> got to admire that in a politician. >> yeah. >> i will do the right thing and people will respect it or they won't. is it going to be a close votes? toomey says that's one thing you can count on. >> wednesday is probably the most likely day for a vote for the mancion-toomey in the underlying bill. i think it will be close. >> those background checks, the single most important, we need the assault weapons ban, the ban
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on high capacity clips. but expanding the background checks universal background checks is the most important thing we could do. it looks like it might happen. >> this is "the bill press show."
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brought to you today by the international brotherhood of teamsters we live better thanks to the good work of the help and women of the teamsters union under the leadership of the jim hoffa who you can find out more about their good work going to their website at www.teamster.org. policypom, there is immigration, there is gun control. those are both on the agenda this week as well as continuing talk about the president's budget, where a lot of democrats, very unhappy at what the president has proposed related to social security. nancy cook covers those issues and more for national journal. joining us in studio this morning, hey, nancy, good to see you again? >> thanks for having me. >> so the president stirred it up when he said in his budget that we have to do something about adjusting the way we
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calculate social security benefits and adjust the consumer price index of the so-called chained cpi. what difference does it make and why did the put put it -- put put it in the budget? >> it would reduce across a wide swath. not just social security. social security is the big sexy thing people were focused on but it would reduce the amount of money people would get across federal benefits? >> the president's budget put some exemptions in there for low-income people like veterans benefits or veteran's pensions. excuse me. you know some social security survivor benefits and so there are some protection there for low income people but let's say if you are a working poor person
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or a lower income person who is really rely ant on your social security payment so you are not sort of dirt poor but you don't have a lot of money and you are really living off social security benefits, those people would see a cut. and you have to keep in mind too, that the average social security benefits is actually not that generous. most people are living off about $1,200 a month. so you would see people would see a cut in that. that can be a big impact for people that are really living off of that in retirement. >> yeah. >> i think that's why democrats are so upset. >> when you are down at 25, 30,000, 35, right? >> sure. >> that range and you are losing a thousand dollars a year -- >> right. >> that makes a difference. >> yeah. it makes a difference, too, because, you know, a lot of people took a real hit in the global financial crisis with their stock portfolios, you know, americans historically have not done a great job saving for retirement well their 401(k). people don't have pensions any
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more. so it's a big deal. >> all right. so why did the president put it in his budget? second part of the question. >> two things, one, i think he put it in his budget because republicans had indicated behind closed doors during the fiscal cliff deal if there was going to be any sort of budget deal chained cpi was something that they would like to see in it. so, you know, first of all it's the president really showing republicans that he is willing to make a deal. it's willing to come to the table and make some concessions on some key things that are important to democrats. but then, too, i think it -- i think the calculation on the part of the administration was that, you know if we include this, it makes us look like we are willing to make a deal and it makes the republicans less likely, makes them look like they are less likely to make a deal. >> that's the creels. >> well, so the first part of that, if the republican -- if it's true that this is something republicans wanted and they said if there is any deal, this will have to be part of it, shouldn't
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they be out there celebrating the president for doing this? i mean there is a column saturday, gail collins pointing out that the head of the republican budget committee -- not paul ryan. i forget which committee it was in the house attacked the president for putting chained cpi in the budget. this is something they wanted. so have you heard any republican now say good job, mr. president? >> there are a few republicans. the chairman of the ways and means committee, dave camp last week said he thought it was a good first step. representative paul ryan, the chairman of the house bucket committee. >> yeah. >> republican vice presidential candidate indicated he thought it was a good step. for the republicans, those who are sort of congratulating obama for including this in his budget and they are a minority granted, en they are saying this is just a starting point for the cuts that we want to see. >> yeah. >> this is just a little slice of it. we want to see much deeper cuts. then, of course, the democrats
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are furious. it was this sense of the white house is out is there on its own proposing this. the base isn't happy. the republicans aren't that happy. >> yeah. again, so what does he get for it? he looks like the ultimate or the guy who is willing to compromise? right? but he doesn't have to run for reelection. >> right. >> the last thing the democrats want is the party to be known, i would think, as a party that proposed cut social security benefits. >> yeah. i think it's a real risk for 2014, particularly since there are a number of senate seats that are up. and the senate will really be in play in 2014 i think that, you know, it remains to be seen but this could potentially come back to haunt democrats in the mid-termly, potentially even in 2016 with the white house. >> the story that cat our
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attention in the national journal is, again, raising question of why do this when in fact, as your -- the headline says on your piece, it's ease to fix social security. i mean this is not that complicated an issue. right? and you want to be sure that social security does extend out beyond. right? so it runs out. it's good until what? 33? >> yeah. 2033. >> 2033. so we are not in an immediate crisis. >> right. >> if you want to make sure it lasts until, i don't know, 3,000 or whenever, how can you fix it? >> there is a couple of ways you can fix it. social security is basically funded through payroll taxes and then there are some taxes on social security benefits. and so it's pretty easy unlike medicare and medicaid where, you know, you are dealing with the whole healthcare system and these plan oning costs not everyone understands. social security is pretty easy because you can make a couple of to weeks to the formula. one way would be -- and past
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deficit reduction groups have suggested some of these things. one way would be to, you know, make the benefits less generous for very wealthy people. let's say the top 25% of wealthy people, you know, don't receive a generous -- as generous of benefits. >> a percentage? >> exactly. the other thing you could do is you could, you know, pay role taxes are only taxed up to a certain amount of money. >> 110,000? >> exactly. so you could raise the cap on that. >> right? >> you could say, you know, off of the top of my head you could say we are going to charge payroll taxes up to $130,000 for instance. tllts a lot of -- you could move out the anal at which people can take social security slightly move it up by two months. there are a lot of to weeks you can make to social security. >> raise the retirement age? >> yeah. yeah. >> so there is alternates of to
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weeks. >> bill: what about social security? you know that i mean i have had some wealthy people tell me why should i get social security? >> rightyeah. that's a popular idea, too. the only problem with that the only problem with means testing, an argument against it is that if it becomes a program that will benefits low-income people more, there is a risk politically that it becomes a little bit more ripe for a tax where if it's a program that benefits everyone as it does now, more people have a vested steak in seeing it survive. >> i can tell you from my perspective, in my humble opinion, as they say raising the cap is a no-brainer. because the en equities i see are if i am making $90,000 a year, i am lucky enough to make $90,000 a year, i pay social security taxes okay every penny
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i make. >> right. >> but if i am really lucky, making $500,000 a year i am only paying taxes on the first 110,000. so why shouldn't i pay for social security taxes on did and i get more money from social security because i make more money. >> right. >> but why shouldn't i have to pay taxes on every penny of my income or every dollar of my income? i would very long no cap at all on social security. >> yeah. >> maybe up to, you know 500 or a million. >> uh-huh. >> what's the argument against that? >> well, i think the argument would just be that wealthy people don't want to pay more taxes. >> right. right? a substantive argument. >> i guess it depends if you are wealthy you could use it as a good argument. the key point is that social security, it's not, you know, you don't need like a ph.d. to fix it. >> yeah.
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>> everybody understands the different ways to fix it. >> why i don't understand. the president, to me should have left it out of the budget and then just fix it. >> yeah. a simple thing, going to raise the cap, you know, not gotten into this chained cpa nonsense anyhow. we are trying to straighten it out. we are trying to help straighten it out. nancy cook is is the economic and fiscal policy correspondent, if you please for the national journal. we will take your calls at 8 sib 6-55-press. we will be right back here. >> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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>> the wine was not what the guy selling it told him it was. he sued the man, took him to court, and on friday the court ordered the guy who sold him the fake wine to pay him $12 million rest easy that a billion air like william koch. >> poor get poorer and the rich get richer. no matter what they do. they million dollaranaged to extend it until 2033? >> yeah. >> when was that? >> fixed in 1983 under president reagan and a democratic house speaker tip o'neill and jack
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lew, who is now the treasury secretary was an aide to tip o'neill and is an expert in how to do it. they can do it again. they didn't have any chained cpi. annette in port huron, michigan? >> i love youyour show. good first thing i want to say is i got sick just about a year ago and i am now on social security disability, which i had i get $967 a month for social security disability. out of that, i have to pay $520 per month of that to cobra health insurance because you have to be on disability for two years before you are eligible for any in addition to that the
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federal government is garnishing my wages to pay back my student loans. they are taking $145 a month out of that. so that leaves me with $292 a month to live on. and i still have co-pays and medications to pay. i mean it leaves me nothing at all. if i wasn't living with my partner right now i wouldn't be able to afford to be on my own. >> i can hear that. and people are saying, you know on social security that they are living high on the hog or even talking about cutting benefits. how dare they. right? what a sad story. annette you make it through and actually, people in the income level you are talking in the very beginning. thanks, annette.
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laura from seabring florida. how are you doing? >> hi how are you doing, bill? >> good. what's up? >> i wanted to let you know that medicare and medicaid, they need to look into it there is so much fraud going on. i went to a doctor recommended by another doctor he said he didn't have my medical records. so i would have to re-schedule. so i rescheduled. and he charged me for both visits. $215. >> i am not laughing because it's funny. i am laughing because that means the scam of some people. i am sure that you hear about the fraud in medicare and medicaid but they are important and very good programs. >> there is a huge amount of fraud in medicare in particular
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no doubt. >> that's an issue that, you know both parties the democrats want to keep them as is. the people in pour in congress want to shrink the size of the federal government and change the way those benefits are delivered. >> so, nancy what isdoes your gut tell you? that we are going to get a deal on the budget, a balanced deal, or is this going to continue to be from crisis to crisis? >> i am not sure. i think we will have to wait and see. i think gun control and immigration reform are going to be sort of on the table in the immediate future. then we will have a better as soon as of whether or not there is going to be a bucket deal probably in two months a lot of the debt ceiling. >> beep on guns. bi-partisan on immigration. maybe we can get to where we have bip beep on the bucket.
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ready to launch into this big week here we have a lot going on our nation's capitol on several fronts president obama welcoming obama crimson tide to the white house this afternoon. tomorrow we will see the fire immigration reform comprehensive immigration proposal put together by the gang of 8. as early as wednesday, we could get a vote on that knew compromise on background checks for sales of all gun purchases put together by democrat joe mancion and republican pat toomey of pennsylvania. on several fronts, there is a lot going on. we are on top of all of it with you this morning here on the full court press coming to you live on current tv and on your local progressive talk radio station. good to have you with us today. thanks for joining in the conversation and, of course, you join in. you actually physically join in
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on currents t.v. i have to tell you i just got wrapped into the master's yesterday. that was very, very good golf and right down to the very very end. >> play-off, yeah. >> the play-off and two real, either one of them could have won and i would have been happy. >> i was pulling for cabrerra to be honest. so adam scott is one of the best looking men notice world and the masters champion. at least, you know, might not be the best looking guy. >> he came within a half an inch of winning it. if that would have sunk, who knows. >> they would have gone bag to the 18th. right? it was really very, very exciting. and here is what it sounded like
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on cbs news or cbs sports, i guess, as adam scott circumstances that 15 footer. >> life changer. one. >> one magical. >> let that moment roll. adam scott doves his greenffs his green his green jacket and talks about what a thrill it was. >> incredible. is hard to exactly put it all together in my mind at the moment. it's a real honor. amazing. >> amazing indeed and the first aussie to win the master's ever ever, ever. and that was a big deal for the people of australia. >> yeah. >> to take that baby home. >> golf is huge in australia.
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>> greg norman. >> sure. >> started it all. >> all right. david jackson, our good friend on usa today white house core correspondent joining us here at the top of the hour and then we will be talking in studio with jeffrey smith, who is the expert on genetically modified foods, which is getting more and more attention these days. people worried about that. we will find out whether you should be. >> but first this is the full court press. >> other headlines making news on this monday former president george w. bush became a grandfather over the weekend announcing daughter jenna gave birth to a healthy baby girl her name margaret laura mila haggar along with her father, henry haggar, the family is doing fine. >> good for them. good for the first former president, first lady and for jenna and henry.
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>>. >> the former president is busy painting. >> a little dog portrait for the nursery. >> something tells me george bush and that baby will have a lot to talk about. >> the real vice president had lunch with a fake vice president on friday. it's not clear who was more star-struck, politico reports vice president badeiden ate with louie drake and he plays the vice president on the hbo series "leaked." she said she was happy to dish out advice to biden on friday and happy he didn't listen to a word that she said. she is in dc promoting the start of the show's second season. >> you know, i haven't seen that show. i have read great things about it. >> i have heard good things. >> you have to watch it. >> really? >> it is fantastic. it's really good. >> the u.s. government has calculated the tab for the carnival cruise lines in the
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gulf of mexico back in february comes in around $780,000 and carnival says they won't pay because of an old maritime tradition anyone at sea must be assisted and as they pointed out they have helped out other distressed m. ariners in past. the senate commerce committee is demanding action and payment. >> i think next time a carnival cruise ship gets in trouble, let it float. you are not going to reimburse american taxpayers for saving your ass, fine. get those six,000 people back. a bunch of moochers indeed. all right. so president obama, he will be doing one of the things that he loves bed today, welcoming a sports team to the white house. he will welcome back alabama's
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crimson tide. david jackson covers the white house for u.s.a. today. good morning. >> good morning, third time in four years the crimson tide has been here. >> my question is. is the alabama crimson tide the best of a general or all times? >> i would say they are right up there with the great teams of all times. three times in four years. >> roll tide. >> you have to understand david, peter of course --? >> i am a little biased. >> gob to be thereoday? >> i am not. i am bummed out. this was originally scheduled for a couple of months ago and it got rescheduled for i forget what reason. >> our good friends, january crawford with cbs news and christy parsons with the chicagotrip tribune are crimson tidders. >> i didn't know cristy was, too. how about robert gibbs? do you think he will be around. he had his glory a couple of
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years ago when auburn made it. every year obama has won a national tittle. that is funny. it's true. >> that's true. >> he does enjoy that. you and i have seen him welcome several teams, david, in the east room on, on the south lawn i guess. right? >> right. i think obama enjoys meeting successful people and nick sabin has been as successful as any coach in football history or athletic history for that matter. it's a thing for someone to meet someone who is super successful. >> the president played golf on saturday and basketball yesterday. >> i am sure he is glad the weather has turned so he can get on the golf course. >> and the cameras off of him.
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>> i came back from a trip yesterday and the police were all around my neighborhood. he played at the f.b.i. building. i guess he has been there before. usually, it's at the interior. >> right. >> some reason he picked the f.b.i. yesterday. >> where is the fbi building? >> on pennsylvania average across the street from the justice department. >> from justice. is that where it is? >> right. right across the street. >> who knows why? this was really inside baseball here but he was going in and out of the north portico. is that because -- do you know? the guard earn tour was this weekend or something? >> that's right. visitors on the south side taking rose garden so he had to leave from the front door which is unusual. >> on the issues of the day, two issues that he has made prior to seem to be moving some progress on both. let's let's start with guns. we've got now this compromise
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put together by joe mancion and pat toomey which the president has endorsed. there could be a vote on that as early as this week. >> at least three republicans have signed on. you know they will move to % debate. i think the betting money is we will see something coming out of the senate on background checks. >> the biggest news on that gun safety front this weekend was the president's very unusual weekly radio address. here is how it started out. people were listening. here is what they heard saturday. >> hi. as you have probably noticed, i am not the president. i am just a citizen. and as a citizen, i am here at the whitehouse today because i want to make a difference and i hope you will join me. my name is francine wheeler. my husband, david, is with me.
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we live in sandy hook connecticut. >> right. >> pretty powerful. some people criticizing the president as exploiting these people. fair criticism? >> not if the person is willing to do it. i am sure she was. just a different way to present the issue. presidents have long used that for different kind of things. this is the first time i know of that someone who is not in government has given the saturday radio address. i think it was pretty powerful. i don't think that's going to get very far that criticism. >> you cannot diminish the roles these newtown parents have played in the success of this legislation so far, at least in the senate to get to a vote on the senate floor, wouldn't have happened if they hadn't come down with the president on air force one and walked corridors. >> no doubt and they pushed for new gun legislation in the state of connecticut, probably toughest gun control measures we have in the country. there is no doubt they are going to be heard after what happened
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there in december, it would be only natural for them to want legislative changes. >> they will be heard. they were heard in the senate. >> that's why i keep thinking everybody says there is not a chase this will work p but never the house. the house hasn't seen those newtown parents yet. right? >> exactly. we know how boehner feels about it. john boehner said from the get-go from the start of this year that it's up to the senate to produce legislation and we will take a look at it. it looks like we will get the first test of that on guns, probably on guns or possibly on immigration. >> yeah. >> we don't know how this new house is going to act on such a sensitive topic the we will have to see. >> immigration is the other issue this week it looks like the era of bip beepi-partisan has returning. >> it has been on the senate. >> on immigration, the so-called gang of 8 out tomorrow with
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their comprehensive immigration reform. with that kind of leadership against it and marco rubio touting it yesterday on the sunday talk shows, chances look pretty good there, too. right? >> i would think so. it fields that way. i don't think rubio would have done that unless he felt he had enough republican votes to swing it. there is a lot of push. i think there has been bi-partisanship but the election sent some to we've provideder nation. >> the question is if they can work together across the aisle on gun safety and on immigration, will they be able to do so on the budget? right? >> that's a little tougher because i think the resistance to tax highs is greater than it is to immigration changes or gun control on the public side. it's all about taxes on that issue. i think that's the republicans did the most important.
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it's one thing that unites the party from the social right on to the mod rats, it's an important issue to them. >> you can't expect them to agree on everything. >> they don't -- they back page kicked that can down the road to august. >> yeah. i think they are going to do a budget deal. the sword of damacles is hanging over them. >> they will kick it down. >> and then they have pushed into another election year. august may be unusually active this year because of the bucket. we will see. >> david jackson, i will see you a little bit later, his briefing today. we will see what's up down there. >> looking forwards to seeing you. >> david jackson covers the white house for u.s.a. today. >> this is "the bill press show."
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>> a compromise hammered together by joe mancion and pat toomey accurate and democrat and
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republican and joe mancion said, hey, listen. this is what we as senators are supposed to do. >> pat and i have talked. we came here to do something. >> right. >> we came here to make a difference. if you would have met with the families, the strongest people i have ever met with, the families of the newtown victims. they never asked for anybody to take their guns away. they never asked to repeal the second amendment. they said we are gun owners. we respect and honor all of that. we know, and they will say, we know that this bill that you are working on would not have saved our children. we know that but it might save somebody else's child. you talk about -- if we just had half the courage they had, candy, just hal the courage -- half the courage, i want to do something. >> talking to candy crowley of cnn, yes, indeed, that is their job to stand up and vote take a stand on the issues. not to filibuster not to duck to show the courage these families did on every issue. not just gun control.
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pat toomey. asked whether or not he was worried about the political repercussions of being an republican out in front on gun safety. >> in 1999, i supported expanding background checks. i think it makes g common sense. i will let the political chips fall where they may. >> the people will decide whether or not they want me to stay there or not rather than just being -- just following the public opinion polls, and finally, just one more clip here from francine wheeler, the mother of little ben, six years old, mowed down at sandy hook elementary school last december 14th. she and the other parents t they are going to -- they are never going to forget what happened of course and they are determined that they are going to make a difference and
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francine wheeler was asked to give the weekly radio address for president obama and she says the media may say everybody is forgetting about newtown what happened there. we never will. >> i have heard people say that the tidal wave of anguish that our country felt has receded. but not to us. to us, it feels as if it happened just yesterday. and in the four months since we lost our loved ones, thousands of other americans have died at the ends of a gun. >> how disspicable for anyone to attack the president for to make that address after what happened to her. i just wish these critics of the newtown parents and criticizing the fact that they came down here showing such courage and speaking to members of the of the senate and the house i wish
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they would stop attacking the parents and just listen to them. listen to them and do the right thing for all of the children of america. >> this is "the bill press show." >> if you believe in state's rights but still support the drug war you must be high. >> "viewpoint" digs deep into the issues of the day. >> do you think that there is any chance we'll see this president even say the words "carbon tax"? >> with an open mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv.
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the subject of genetically modified foods is one that's getting more and more attention these days as one we hear about a lot on our program. many of you and e-mails an calls expressing your concerns about this. we wanted to find out more about is it. couldn't do better than inviting into our studio this morning the leading voice on the dangers of genetically modified foods. his first book called "seeds of deception." his next book, genetral "genetic roulette," the next book "genetic recall etroulette: the battle for our lives." welcome, welcome, welcome? >> thank you. >> these foods genetically modified foods what does that mean? and are they safe?
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>> they are not safe. it means that genes have been transferred into the dna, primarily either to allow the crops to absorb doses of herbicide which end in our guts or to produce toxic insect sides that breaks open the stomach of insects to kill them and pokes holes in human cells. >> these foods even genetically modified have been approved? >> the fda turned a blind eye. they don't approve them. they made a blanket statement in 1992 that companies like mon monsanto who told us that agent orange was safe can determine on their own whether the gnos are safe and put it on the market without telling the fda or the consumers. the person in charge was michael taylor monsanto's former attorney, now vice president and when documents were made public from a law suit years later, it showed the policy upon which the found -- the foundation upon
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which the policy was based was a lie. he claimed the agency wasn't aware of any information showing that gnos were significantly different different. >> they were dangerous. >> dangerous how? in causing disease? >> the fda scientists talked about allergies, toxins t new diseases. >> now the animal research shows there is clear causal evidence that the crops are causing in these poor animals, gastrointestinal disorders immune system problems organ problems and problems with cholesterol and insulin. >> they are causing it in animals, therefore, they are likely to cause it in humans, or do we have the human evidence? >> we do not have human research studies like critical trials but there are thousands of doctors
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prescribing non-gno diets for their patients. when humans get rid of gmos they have to create a strategy because they are not labeled and buy organic or processed foods. >> what is the option? you say these people on a non-gm non-gmo diet. do you know where to find them? >> i can help. we have a non-gmo shopping with about 10,000 products that are verified non-gmo. >> what is it? >> non-gmoshopping god and you can download shop no gno for free. >> do you have that peter? >> yeah. >> shopnogmo. >> we will put a link on our website to that. >> buy products that are organic or that avoid the at-risk
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ingredients. there are 9 food crops, only nine. the principles are soy and corn. >> uh-huh. >> there is also sugar from sugar beets, canola oil, cottonseed, a little interview keen a and pap papaya and al foville a. you are shaking your head when you said soy and corn. >> that's what i was saying. yeah. sure. but only nine that have been? >> nine that are currently commercialized. they want to genetically engineer all of the commercial seeds in the world and the livestock and even the insects. >> isn't the argument that they are just -- this is technology advancing and as population grows, they are trying to get basically more bang for the buck out of our crops and bigger yields of crops? >> it turns out genetically engineered crops according to the failure to yield, they have
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failed to yield bigger crops. the other piece is this, that we have more food per person anytime in human history and the experts at feeding the world realize that the current generation of gmos have nothing to offer for that goal. number looking just for yield developing countries using sustainable methods increase yield by 79% according to the study done with 12 million farms without going to genetic engineering. so the experts signed on by 58 kuntz trees nails this as a pr stunt that gmos do not have a feed-the-world technology. what they have is a promotion of mon santo technology. >> is mon santo -- they are the black hats here right? >> indeed >> is it monsanto? >> mon santo, due pont dow. a lot of the chemical companies. >> yeah. so there are only six companies
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doing this and they are doing it with nine -- >> nine gm food crops. apple is salmon. they want to moved in to the rest of the crop. >> right. we talked about the salmon hear couple of weeks ago on the show fatter and bigger and fatter. >> franken fish. >> exactly. when you go into a supermarket today, how do you know what's gno and what's not? >> it's not the labeled, 64 kuntz trees require labeling but not the united states. there is a bill that's going to be introduced for congress this week, senator boxer and congress defazio. there is a ballot initiative in washington state 26 states introduced labeling. 26 states that introduced labeling bills this year. some are still active and may pass. but we have a situation now where if you go into the store and you are looking around you have to take a shopping guide to
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see what the at-risk i need greenedients are. i was there doing research in wal-mart last week. been you can buy spag etty sauce from the same company that's ragu lite and chunky that's gmo. the chunky has high frock on this corn syrup and lite uses olive oil. it takes a little detective work to figure out which i need greenedients. >> that's a lot. >> a lot of detective work. looking for, you know, tomato. >> once you get the brands then you have them. so see, it's not worth it if you don't know what the problems are. let me give you one little idea what a problem can be. >> okay. >> corn sxwooernd to produce its own toxic insecticide breaks open little holes in the cell walls of insects. they swore up and down it wouldn't affect humans until last year when they found that it pokes holes in human cells causing leakage.
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then they said it will never get past the stomach until the year before when the canadian researchers found that in the blood of 93% of pregnant women tested and 80 percent of their unborn fetuses so we have a toxin that pokes holes in human cells circulating getting symbol fetus's brains. here is the quicker. >> that's enough. >> a kick are? >> hold on. hold on to your chairs. the only human stud y published said they can transfer into the dna of gut bacteria and may continue to function. so let's say you eat a corn chip that produces a bp toxin and let's say that the gene transfers to your gut bacteria turning it into living spec trick side. it pokes holes in human cells and can produce continuously inside your stomach. is it worth it to take the extra time to find a non-gmo corn chip? i think so. >> when you put it that way.
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>> yeah right. i was thinking of all of the corn chips i have eaten. it may be too late now. >> the good news is people get better when they switch to non-gmodites and so do the livestock. sometimes within a couple of days, longstanding illnesses go away. >> what is the answer to label or the answer to ban? >> well, fortunately, there is a tipping point of consumer objection on the rise in the u.s. anyway right now. we may wipe out gmos simply by turning them into a marketing liability. that's how they were kicked out in europe. a gag order was lifted on the scientist who discovered they were dangerous in february 16th 1999. within 10 weeks, the tipping point was achieved in europe and they took gmos out of their products. >> i remember when the big deal in europe, protests all over the place but nothing here? >> exactly. it was covered extensively over there. the media watchdog group said the lifting of the gag order in 99 was one of the 10 most under
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reportedents of the year in the united states. because we were uninformed, the same companies that removed gmos from europe continue to sell it to us here >> bill: what can we do and should we do as consumers or as a people, as a government about this? jeffrey smith is with us here in studio. he is the author of genetic roulette. tell us where people can find the documentary. it is the full course press your concerns, your comments, welcome at 866-55-press, on twitter @bpshow.com. >> live on your radio and current tv. [ music ] inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current.
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>> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> thirteen minutes before the top of the hour, we are talking genetically modified foods with jeffrey smooth author of "seeds of deception" and "genetic roulette." more information but first, this is pretty scary. yes realize this. a new study shows your identity can be at risk if you have an iphone with gps over one and a half million people were tracked over a year. found out it takes only four data points or locations to find out who you are, get your information and then identify thing theft -- identity thieves
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modified barbecue ribs doesn't sound too bad. salmon, however, yuk. he is okay with genetically modified barbecue. just for the salmon. >> are there some foods it's okay to genetically modify. >> not yet. the technology is sol primitive, it causes increases of toxins and al erg jens that are not tracked. after they are on the market by monsanto independent studies will show their corn has a new allerg general that was switched on as a result of the side effects of jetgenetic sxwooerning. >> what is it about the feedsengineering. >> what is it about the feeds? secedes for these kind of crops? >> the farmers sign appear contract they can't replant the seeds and monsanto will dispatch pinkertons or the mounted police to trespass on the farm pull samples, test them and see if
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there is any saving of seeds and then they will sue or threaten to sue farmers and have received hundreds of millions as a result. >> congress doesn't seem too quick to act on this. they are going in the opposite direction. they gave monsanto a free ride? >> it turns out a lot of the crops get a proved illegally without preparation of environmental impact statements or whatever. when the usa gets sued the courts say stop the introduction of the crop. the rebate monsanto protection act, associated with the appropriations committee said the usda has to ignore the courts. the courts can say you must withdraw the crop and then the usda is compelled to thumb its nose at the court and say sorry, according to the congress, we have to continue to allow monsanto seeds distributed to the farmer. we take our merry time to do any environmental impact statement.
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they don't do their own. they allow monsanto to do their own. >> kim in buffalo, new york. what do you say? >> one question: why would anyone want to genetically modify a mosquitos? >> okay. >> the mosquitos are engineered to give birth to sterile offspring. the male mosquitos don't byte. they claim the offspring are sterile. en though they say that, about three % turn out to be not sterile and in the presence of tetra psychecycloline. there will be a franken bug that has never been tested the what happens when they bite a human and their saliva mixes with ours, we don't know. this is released from the cayman islands and malaysia and brazil in small areas and they want to release it in key west. >> why doesn't the fda why
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aren't they on top of this? >> the fda was mandated to promote it. they know labeling would shut down jetgenetic engineering. the fda says i'm sorry. we are not going give 9 out of 10 -- >> isn't it their job to protect us? like meat inspectors? food inspectors? >> a former fda commissioner says what bugs me that people think that the fda is there to protect them but it's not. as a former fda commissioner it turns out the fda is aligned with the interest of the biotechnology companies. i have traveled to 36 countries. there is a lot of captured regulatory agencies that ignore the adverse findings and push gmos. in this case, it's an explicit instruction from the white house continuing continuing to today. >> if people want to see this
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documentary, genetic roulette, how do they do it? >> geneticroulettemovie.com to see the 90-minute, award-winning documentary. >> jetgeneticroulettemovie.com. it's so important that you are there. thank you for the work you are doing. thanks for coming in this morning. >> thank you. >> we will talk again. >> indeed. >> we are interested in this topic. i will be back with today's quick parting shot. >> heard around the country and seen on current tv, this is "the bill press show." may be more likely to misuse lyrica. having less pain... it's a wonderful feeling. [ female announcer ] ask your doctor about lyrica today. it's specific treatment for diabetic nerve pain.
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>> the parting shot, with bill press, this is the"the bill press show." >> i have only taken one cruise in my entire life. if i do take another one, it will never be a carnival cruise. now, we have one more reason to hate carnival cruise lines. they are ripping us taxpayers off. yeah. remember what happened last february when the triumph lost power down the gulf of mexico, floated for five days, the poor passengers living in unbelievable squalor, they were towed back to court. it cost the coast guard $780,000 and carnival says they will not reimburse the coast guard one penny because they said that's the coast guard's job, to help ships in distress. let me tell you something: that may be true for fishermen and sportsmen but not for these multi-million dollar floating casinos. just remember we paid for that
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rescue and the next time you take a carnival cruise you are helping a tax cheater. don't do it. >> this is "the bill press show."

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